OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Ty Blach took the mound Wednesday night and dominated the Oklahoma City Dodgers, shutting them out through eight magnificent innings. A first-inning home run from Juan Perez gave Blach and the Sacramento River Cats an early lead, one they would never give up on their way to a 7-3 win over the Dodgers.
Blach was lights out in his 11th start of the season, pitching 8+ innings while allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and striking out 7. He kept the Dodgers off balance all night, mixing his fastball and a devastating change up to continuously get ahead of batters. His command was on point, as he threw 74 of his 105 pitches for strikes and for the sixth time this season, Blach did not walk a single batter, further improving on his PCL best 0.89 BB/9. Blach’s 8 innings pitched is the most thrown by any River Cats pitcher this season.
Juan Perez led off the game for the River Cats, and wasted as little time as possible as he hit the second pitch of the game over the left field fence to give his side an early lead. It was the first leadoff home run by a River Cat since July 22, 2013 (Jemile Weeks). Perez finished the game 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored.
Sacramento added to their lead in the fourth inning when Jarrett Parker hit an RBI single to center, making it 2-0 River Cats. The base hit was the 500th of Parker’s minor league career. In the fifth, the River Cats added two more thanks to a two-out bases-load single by Travis Ishikawa.
The River Cats padded their lead in the eighth, as Perez, Kevin Frandsen, and Casey McGehee all contributed RBIs to push their lead to 7-0. The Dodgers would counter in the ninth, as O’Koyea Dickson drove in their first run of the game, making the score 7-1 and knocking Blach out of the game. Oklahoma City would add two more on a home run by Andy Wilkins, but that would be all they could push across.
OKC starter Matt Shelton didn’t have a chance against Blach, and threw just 4 innings while allowing 2 runs (all earned) on 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. The Dodger bullpen had to put in extra work, combining for 5 innings of relief, allowing 5 runs (all earned).
The River Cats will look for their third straight win on Thursday as they send right-hander Clayton Blackburn (1-3, 4.32) to the hill. Blackburn enters the start with the second best WHIP on the Sacramento starting rotation at 1.44. Opposing him will be righty Deck McGuire (1-1, 1.98). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m (PT).
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations